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Marco Rubio begins tough recovery effort today in Detroit



Marco Rubio will begin his recovery attempt today in a place that knows hardship and rebirth: Detroit.

Rubio, who had a disappointing Super Tuesday, will hold a rally this afternoon in the suburb Shelby Charter Township. The event comes a day before the Fox News debate in Detroit.

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“This is going to be a long, tough fight, but I’m not going to stop until we win,” Rubio said last night in a fundraising appeal. “The stakes of this election are even higher than they were when we started -- it’s not just about taking back the White House for Republicans, it’s also about making sure we have a nominee who believes in the ideals of the party of Reagan and Lincoln. No matter how many states it takes, no matter how many weeks and months it takes, we are going to stop Donald Trump, and win this election.”

For Rubio it all comes down to Florida, where polls show him trailing Trump.

And he got a taste Tuesday of how bad things could be, with voters in areas of Alabama and Georgia close to Florida going overwhelmingly for Trump. The numbers below are courtesy of Democratic consultant Kevin Cate and Matthew Isbell of MCI Maps:

Mobile-Pensacola: Trump 46.68%, Cruz 19.32%, Rubio 18.72%

Tallahassee-Thomasville: Trump 45.92%, Cruz 24.24%, Rubio 16.97%

Jacksonville-Burnswick: Trump 44.88%, Cruz 23.29%, Rubio 18.23%

Rubio will have to bank on a huge turnout in Miami-Dade, where he held a rally last night and tried to summon the underdog spirit.

Sen. Marco Rubio addresses supporters Tuesday night during a Super Tuesday rally in Miami.

Eric Thayer | New York Times

Sen. Marco Rubio addresses supporters Tuesday night during a Super Tuesday rally in Miami.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 9:05am]


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